About The Book :
Hurtle Duffield is incapable of loving anything except what he paints. The men and womenwho court him during his long life are, above all, the victims of his art. He is thevivisector, dissecting their weaknesses with cruel precision: his sister's deformity, agrocer's moonlight indiscretion and the passionate illusions of his mistress, HeroPavloussi. It is only when Hurtle meets an egocentric adolescent whom he sees as hisspiritual child does he experience a deeper, more treacherous emotion.
About The Author :
Patrick White was born in England in 1912 and taken to Australia, where his father owneda sheep farm, when he was six months old. He was educated in England at Cheltenhamcollege and King's College, Cambridge. He settled in London, where he wrote severalunpublished novels, then served in the RAF during the war. He returned to Australia afterthe war.He became the most considerable figure in modern Australian literature, awarded theNobel Prize for Literature in 1973. The great poet of Australian landscape, he turned itsvast empty spaces into great mythic landscapes of the soul. His position as a man ofletters was controversial, provoked by his acerbic, unpredictable public statements and hisbelief that it is eccentric individuals who offer the only hope of salvation. He died inSeptember 1990.